LinienLand (2019) is a temporary intervention in Augmented Reality (AR) currently in development and sited in various locations around MIT: McDermott Court, the Upper Courtyard, and Lobby 7. This immersive work consists of a gridded architecture approximately 36 feet in height, in which massive spheres rotate like planets in orbit. Kwade considers the structure as a possible multiverse in which each quadrant represents a parallel world within a mathematical, human-made linear system.
Produced in collaboration with Acute Art, this work presents a first immaterial development of Kwade’s ongoing project LinienLand. This iteration moves the project towards a new perceptual experience of art in an increasingly information-based world.
While the digital work is formally related to Kwade’s real-life sculptural installations such as LinienLand (2018) and ParaPivot (2019), the sense of wonderment engendered by the IRL works is displaced onto the illusionism afforded by AR technology and introduces motion as an additional element of the sculpture. Viewed through a customized app, the work appears to be a substantial structure, but is in fact pure information rendered through complex sets of digital data.
To view LinienLand
- Download the Acute Art app on your smartphone or mobile device (available on iOS and Android)
- Select Alicja Kwade, LinienLand, and “Play”
- Tap the floor in the camera (where the white square appears)
- Explore the AR sculpture in four different locations at MIT through your smartphone viewfinder.
For optimal viewing conditions, visit the sites in daylight hours. Remember to point your camera downwards (at the ground) to orient the app before positioning your camera at eye level, and take a few steps back to see the sculpture from a distance.